The 10th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music, which runs in Gozo until April 24, opens tomorrow with a semi-staged production of My Fair Lady at Palazzo Palina (Ta’ Ċenċ Hotel) marking 60 years since its first Broadway performance.

Hailed by critics and audiences for its heart and its wit, My Fair Lady is a beautiful musical about transformation, patronage, gender politics and class, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion.

The ending is left ambiguous, yet it is beloved for being both one of the cleverest and one of the most romantic plays of all time.

This week’s programme of events
(All activities start at 8pm)

Tomorrow: My Fair Lady

Musical by Frederick Loewe

Gaulitanus Choir & soloists

Gaulitana Ensemble

Terry Shaw, director

Colin Attard, conductor (Malta/UK)

Palazzo Palina, Ta Ċenċ Hotel, Sannat

Monday: Ethereal Sounds

Tommaso Benciolini, flute

Claudio Bonfiglio, piano (Italy)

Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

Tommaso Benciolini returns to Gaulitana, this time featuring a solo recital presenting varied works from Schubert to Messiaen.

Tuesday: Russian Songs

Duo Luoghi Immaginari, soprano/piano (Russia/Italy)Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

Wednesday: Lasciati Amar

Duo Luoghi Immaginari, soprano/piano (Russia/Italy)Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

Duo Luoghi Immaginari will present two concerts, one of Russian songs and the second featuring Italian songs. Russian songs will feature songs recorded by the duo and published by eminent Italian music magazine Amadeus. Lasciati Amar will revolve around works by Verdi, Tosti,Mascagni, Puccini and Leoncavalli.

Duo Luoghi Immaginari endeavour to combine well-known classics with other popular works in the lieder genre.

Thursday: Concluding a master

Miriam Gauci’s Vocal Masterclass

Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

Miriam Gauci, who is honorary patron of Gaulitana, will hold a series of masterclasses for vocal studies between Monday and Wednesday.

At the end of these workshops, the students will feature in a concluding concert presenting various pieces they worked on. The singers will be accompanied by Sofia Narmania.FRIDAY: Pianistic Tour De Force

Giorgi Sirbilashvili, piano (Georgia)

Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

Giorgi Sirbilashvili, an accomplished pianist trained in Germany, will present a concert featuring Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin, all acclaimed for the pianistic idiomatic writing. The concert will conclude with Liszt’s take on Paganini’s enigmatic La Campanella.

Saturday: Franco-Spanish Harmonies

Galdósstring Quartet (Spain)

St Francis Church, Victoria

The first weekend of Gaulitana closes off with the Galdos String Quartet, whose members have been part of some of the most renowned youth orchestras, including the European Union Youth Orchestra and Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Their programme will include Debussy’s masterpiece in this genre, complemented by works by Turina and Arriaga, often referred to as the “Spanish Mozart”.

Concerts are free of charge. More information may be obtained by sending an e-mail to or online:

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